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I came into this thinking I was going to a build a small potent PC, but balanced. Nothing fancy. I wanted a PC that would handles games, video and photo editing, and the usual daily tasks. Thank you PCpartpicker for helping me browse all the builds people had with Mini ITX's which gave me an idea of what I could do.

I started with around $550 budget, which then became $650, then $750, and ended up at around $1010. Basically almost twice my first budget. When I help other people its easier to set a line, but when its your own build its hard, $100 dollar keeps adding up. For me it was the graphic card, started with gtx1050, 1050ti, then RX480, then I decided on GTX 1060 6GB. Then came the extra 8gb ram stick, and then the CPU cooler. I like things quiet.

Two things not included in the part list were the Thermaltake 500W (cheap one) power supply not found in pcpartpicker, and the WD Black 1TB 2.5" hard drive.

So in the end I built a PC I knew I didn't want to overclocking, but would easily achieve my gaming needs, as well as production work. I'm happy and more than satisfied.

Some tips if you are building something similar: 1) If not overclocking CPU, go with H-series chipset, MSI is my new ASUS. Keep in mind new chipsets have separate CPU 4-pin power connector, which is separate from main 24-pin power connector. Almost thought CPU was bad. 2) Thermaltake Core V1 case can fit the MSI GTX Gaming X 1060 6GB card. Need to remove front 200mm fan, then carefully go through. Its a very tight fit, with small chance of breaking a clip. But worked out well. Power pin has enough space.

The new computer is running smooth and works great with my Asus 2K monitor (PB258Q). It doesn't take much PC building knowledge to make this same build. I think I've accomplished my initial concept, to build a decently potent PC.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats actually a sweet looking case! Very nice looking.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Appreciate it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. It's amazing how easy it is to blow a budget. You tell yourself, "well if I'm going to spend X on this part, i might as well spend Y and make it better."

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure... Kept thinking this is the last thing I need... Yeah not happening. Glad I kept a spreadsheet, kind of kept me in check.

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

Thats how i felt too when i started my first build. At first looking at 1000 dollar pcs on Best Buy was wow do i really wanna spend that much? Then as i started selecting parts, the prices went up and then thought to myself, well if im gonna go all out i might as well lol. Personally i guess i wanted something to perform high and at the same time, something to look at with amazement.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree it's easy to spend a lot for that "ideal" PC that's not too overkill. Hehe. Lots of good cases out there that showcase the internals nowadays. it's a good time to be a PC builder.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, that Gaming X card just squeezed in there huh! I have the same case and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to fit the RX 480 Gaming X card I wanted in there so I played it safe and got the Sapphire Nitro version... I like the Gaming X cards more though, they're awesome. Great case, great build (props for the M9i too!)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Was kind of scary putting this GPU through the front of case. It's huge. Didn't think it was so wide, length I knew was ok. Once set in, feels like perfect fit. I almost got the card you mentioned and XFX RX480. Took a chance on this. Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very smart parts choices too

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, totally lives up to its title. +1 :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I built something very similar recently and almost got that mother board. Wonder wow it's working out for you?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it. Was deciding between this and the msi z270i, which was $150 after rebate. But didn't plan to overclock and like how the antennas is horizontal than vertical (motherboard sits flat).

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

mind sharing whats the CPU temperature like? (under idle and load) currently in dilemma either to go with cryorig m9i or be quiet pure rock slim...

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

you could've shaved off $80 off the win 10 op. There's sites to buy WIn10 for $20

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be able to provide a link to a site? Thanks in advanced!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

no because you can google it bro

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

It was between Arctic i11 and this Cryorig M9i. In the end looks won. So far quiet and easy install.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Speaking of your CPU fan, im on a quest to build low cost yet decent gaming rig. Your CPU fan IS quite huge and i think that was one of the selected fans. But i came across this: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4UF39D5213 Always a "fan" of compact size. I am trying to keep it under 500 this time. The low profile just seems sexy.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw what you did there with "fan" hehe. The reason I picked the standing fan is because I wanted it to also blow air out the back of the case. It was between Arctic i11 and Cryorig M9i. The air flow I had in mind was case fan blowing to CPU then out back. Keep same flow.

The fan was $17.99, but I bought Arctic mx4. Remember type of thermal paste matters too for CPU temp. You can build decent rig for around $500. Have fun.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah yes that does make perfect sense. The best of both worlds, cooled cpu and exhaust.